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Biden appears to blank on Defense Sec’s name: ‘the guy who runs that outfit over there’



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President Joe Biden on Monday appeared to forget the name of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, referring to him at a White House event as “the guy who runs that outfit over there.”

The president was announcing the nomination of two female generals to lead U.S. military combatant commands.

“And I want to thank the sec—the, the, ah former general. I keep calling him general, but my, my—the guy who runs that outfit over there,” Biden said of the head of the Pentagon.

“I want to make sure we thank the secretary for all he’s done to try to implement what we just talked about. And for recommending these two women for promotion,” the president added.

Previously during the event, Biden had mentioned the head of the Defense Department by his name, “Secretary Austin,” while seemingly reading from a teleprompter.

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Biden, the oldest elected president, has previously struggled with the names of his cabinet secretary selections, as The New York Post noted. Back in December, for example, he mispronounced the name of his nominee for the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, before correcting himself with a different mispronunciation.

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In celebrating International Women’s Day on Monday, Biden nominated Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost to lead the U.S. Transportation Command and Army Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson to lead the U.S. Southern Command. Their nominations must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

They would be the second and third women to occupy such high-ranking posts, following retired Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, who led U.S. Northern Command from 2016 to 2018.

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee



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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”


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